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Buying Shin Guards

Shin guards are mandatory for children playing organized soccer and provide important protection against injury.

Preventing Concussions in Youth Soccer

Because the most-commonly used return-to-play guidelines recommend that an athlete who has suffered multiple concussions be held out of sports for increasingly longer periods of time, up to and including the rest of the season, preventing another concussion may be the difference in the athlete being able to continue playing that season or having to shut his season down.

Athletic Fields Are An Overlooked Safety Hazard

One of the biggest hazards in outside field sports, yet often the most overlooked, is the field itself. Because parents can't count on the referee or their child's coach to inspect the field before a game begins to ensure that it is in a playable condition, the best injury prevention strategy is to set up a field detail of parents to do the inspection.

Preventing Ankle Sprains in Soccer

Soccer players can suffer ankle sprains in a variety of ways. Many can be prevented if simple steps are followed.

Two Studies Suggest Soccer Heading May Lower Test Scores

Two new studies suggest that heading in soccer may result in weaker mental performance, including a decline in cognitive function, difficulty in verbal learning, planning and maintaining attention and reduced information processing speed. The short term study found that recent heading by players who headed with "moderate-to-high frequency" led in some cases to weaker neurocognitive performance. The long-term effects are less clear. One study found that lifetime heading had "no significant or strong effect... on neuropsychological performance." But the other reached a different conclusion, noting "players with the highest lifetime estimates of heading had poorer scores on scales measuring attention, concentration, cognitive flexibility and general intellectual functioning."

Studies Suggest Repeated Heading Of Soccer Balls Effects Short Term Mental Performance

Since 1999 several studies have suggested that repeated heading of a soccer ball may result in the short term in weaker mental performance. The long term effects of repeated heading are less clear. "Until further studies clarify the risks, there should be a yellow warning signal going out, say experts, who suggest in the meantime a number of safety precautions.

Concussions in Soccer: Does Protective Headgear Reduce Risk?

Jeff Skeen of Full90 Sports explains how daughter's concussion led to start of soccer headgear company.

Concussions in Soccer: More Common Than Parents Realize?

Jeff Skeen of Full90 says concussions in soccer are lot more common than parents realize.

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